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Bentley SUV Prototype Continues Testing, is Still Nameless

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 10/7/2014 Erick Ayapana

Bentley continues testing of its upcoming, yet-to-be-named SUV. The previous prototype was snapped earlier this summer, but photographers caught this recent tester roaming the outskirts of the Nürburgring in Germany.

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This prototype doesn’t reveal any significant differences. Its mug still resembles a Continental GT, from the wide mesh grille to the twin-headlight design. Still a mystery is the SUV’s lower front bumper design. Around the side, the prototype sports multi-spoke alloy rims, compared to the previous tester’s blacked-out wheel design. Bentley SUV Prototype Rear Three Quarter View 2© Provided by MotorTrend Bentley SUV Prototype Rear Three Quarter View 2

The camouflage is thick from from the C-pillar to the back end, though hints of the SUV’s wide haunches are impossible to hide. The rear end is also heavily masked. That said, the Bentley SUV will have a heavily raked hatch, while taillights and exhaust tips should feature oval design cues to mimic other Bentley models like the Flying Spur and Mulsanne.

As previously reported, the Bentley SUV will ride on the same platform as the new Audi Q7, Volkswagen Touareg, and Porsche Cayenne. The Bentley, of course, will boast impressive craftsmanship and materials to stand apart from its platform-mates. It’ll be fast too, with Bentley claiming a top speed of at least 200 mph. The Bentley EXP 9 F concept was powered by the Volkswagen Group’s 6.0-liter twin-turbo W-12 producing around 600 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, which sounds like just enough to reach that top-speed claim. Other engines should include a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8, a diesel powertrain, and a plug-in hybrid. The new SUV is slated to arrive late next year as a 2016 model.

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Bentley SUV Prototype Front Three Quarter View 4© Provided by MotorTrend Bentley SUV Prototype Front Three Quarter View 4
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